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16 February, 2016

Want to Embrace Creative Simplicity? A Primer

Want to Embrace Creative Simplicity? A primer from Callaoo Soup

Creative Simplicity has been my mantra for just over a year now. It’s what I keep at the forefront of pretty much everything I do, personal and professional. For me the phrase embodies everything I care about, creativity and simplicity of course, but also mindfulness, intention, slow and simple living, and living an authentic life.

But you might be wondering what this actually looks like in real life, and how you can incorporate creative simplicity in your life. Here are ten ideas to consider.

Start a journal

Whether a written journal and art journal, a journal you write in daily, weekly or monthly, or even a ready made journal you can fill in, getting things down on paper is the simplest way to get a better feel for what’s going on in your head.

Clear out the Clutter, even from just one spot

Nothing says simplicity like a clutter free space, and even if it’s just one spot, like your desk or work table, your creative mind will thank you for that clarity.

Pick a simple challenge and do it for 30 days

Emphasis on simple. In January I did the 31 Things to Draw Class at Creative Bug, and got my year off to a beautifully simple creative start.

Read, read, and read some more

Nuff said right? Want some suggestions? Try here, here or here

Go for a walk – turn off your smart phone, and let your mind wander

I can’t begin to tell you the number of amazing ideas I’ve had while out for a walk. I’ve lived in both the city and the country, and the surroundings don’t seem to matter.

Try a new art or craft – focus on the process, not the result

My weekly art class, where we try something new just about every week, has led my mind to an explosion of creative ideas. For the most part the teacher is focused on the process, not the result, which is refreshing.

Appreciate the everyday

I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, “If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.”– Kurt Vonnegut

And might I add, take a photo if possible?

Play an imaginary game with a child

I’m amazed at my son’s ability to be completely in the moment of whatever scenario he has come up with. I’ve learnt quite a few lessons from him!

Start a collection of unusual objects

Unusual and might I also suggest cheap? This is not about museum quality, this is about surrounding yourself with things that make you smile, and express your uniqueness.

Listen (and dance) to your favourite music.

This is another one I can thank my son for. He goes through phases with music (currently it’s Abba) and we have had the best dance parties lately! There’s nothing like shaking your booty to make you appreciate life!

What simple little things do you do to express your creative simplicity? Join a tribe of creative women this April and take on the 30 Day Creative Simplicity challenge! It’s free and fun! Get all the details here.

Francine

 

 

 

 

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